As Special Projects & Consulting, Michael Long plays a leading role in Trifecta’s consulting group, particularly in the areas of market feasibility studies, concept development and project management. In his time at Trifecta, Mike has worked with over 120 clients from small restaurants seeking a turn around plan, to public companies looking to fine tune operations or gain efficiencies, to conceptualizing 30,000 – 90,000 square foot ‘big box’ entertainment centers. Over the course of Mike’s career, he has help conceptualize dozens of different concepts across the country as well as overseas and helped turn around many different types of food, beverage and entertainment concepts.
Mike has extensive and deep experience in the restaurant and entertainment business with over 30 years of executive experience in both private and public companies directing operations from the GM level to the SVP of Operations. Through his numerous roles, Mike has gained experience in all aspects of operations
Starting at GameWorks inception in 1996 as Director of Operations, Mike designed, developed, and implemented operational systems including but not limited to: management job titles and responsibilities; crewmember job titles and responsibilities; operational procedures; operational systems; menus; service style and procedures; training and development programs; quality control and inspection systems; cost control systems; reward and recognition programs; budgeting and financial planning; compensation programs; and administrative systems.
Beginning in March of 1997, Mike directed and managed the rollout of 12 GameWorks flagship locations, with aggregate annual sales of $75 million and was promoted to VP of Operations. In 1999, Mike turned his fulltime attention to developing international franchising as Senior Vice President of International Operations.
Prior to GameWorks, Mike spent his early career advancing in the restaurant business, gaining valuable management experience in new unit openings, concept development and implementation, repositioning of concepts, workout groups, and a merger and acquisition. In 2002, Mike relocated to Denver in order to be near his family and to participate in the creation of 33 and a third Inc., which owns and operates two critically acclaimed upscale casual restaurants in Colorado. Most recently, Mike published his first novel, a wilderness thriller entitled Saint Lucy of the Cowboys.